NiCole Keith, PhD, FACSM

NiCole Keith, PhD, FACSM

  • Research Scientist, Center for Aging Research, Regenstrief Institute, Inc. and Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs, Indiana University School of Health & Human Sciences 
  • Professor, Department of Kinesiology, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis

Dr. NiCole Keith is a physical activity researcher specializing in community-based participatory research with a focus on health equity. She co-created the Physically Active Residential Communities and Schools (PARCS) program — a partnership among Indianapolis Public Schools, Eskenazi Health Federally Qualified Health Centers and IUPUI. This award-winning program provides exercise opportunities for more than 3,000 adults and children living in Indianapolis inner-city communities. It also serves as a teaching, research and learning resource for IUPUI faculty and students.

Dr. Keith has served as the American College of Sports Medicine vice president of membership, communication, education, and policy, a role in which she identified best practices and tactical partnerships for this organization of more than 55,000 members. Dr. Keith serves on the National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP) Executive Committee, established by an alliance of national organizations that have come together to promote physical activity in the American population. She chairs the NPAP Diversity Committee responsible for examining the NPAP with a special focus on issues related to health disparities and equity across all plan sectors. Her current research examines ways to improve physical fitness and health as individuals age. She has dedicated her career to positively influencing health outcomes for socio-economically challenged community residents.

“I saw what physical activity could do to make people healthier in so many ways. I knew I no longer wanted to be a bench scientist but instead, a physical activity researcher.”